Despite activating Joe Nathan from the DL and acquiring Mike Montgomery from the Mariners, it appears the Cubs may not be done adding bullpen arms.
According to Fox’s Ken Rosenthal, the Cubs are “strong in the mix” for the Yankees hard throwing lefty Aroldis Chapman.
Since coming off his 30-game suspension for violating the MLB’s domestic abuse policy, Chapman has a 3-0 record, 20 saves, 44 strikeouts versus 8 walks, and an ERA of 2.09.
Chapman made his debut with the Cincinnati Reds in 2010 where he became known for his dominant fastball. Through 31 games this year, Chapman’s fastball has averaged at 100.1 MPH and topped out at 105.1.
Although his contract is up at the end of the 2016 season, the Yankees asking price would not be cheap and according to multiple sources, the Cubs are not the only ones making a strong push for Chapman.
With other teams in contention, the Cubs and Dodgers figure to be the two teams with the deepest farm systems which could piece together a package desirable enough for the Yankees.
Reports last month indicated that the Yankees would accept nothing less than Kyle Schwarber for Andrew Miller or Chapman. With Miller off the table and Chapman’s expiring contract, it is possible that the steep asking price may have dropped for the rental closer.
Regardless of the asking price, Chapman would be an outstanding addition to the struggling Cubs bullpen which is sitting in the middle of the pack with a 3.87 ERA and 10 blown saves compared to just 18 saves.